NSW BANS TASMANIAN ABALONE
Biosecurity Must Take Priority
The Tasmanian Greens today urged stronger action on marine biosecurity, following a decision by the New South Wales Government to temporarily ban Tasmanian abalone imports.
Greens Primary Industries spokesperson Kim Booth MP said the New South Wales Deputy Chief Veterinary Officer had issued the 30 day ban due to concerns over the detection of abalone viral ganglioneuritis in wild-caught Tasmanian shellfish. 
“Tasmania has a proud and deserved tradition of providing the highest quality seafood, and the entire seafood industry will be put at risk without serious efforts to contain the spread of this disease,” Mr Booth said.
“The clean and green brand is at the centre of Tasmania’s marketing efforts and economic strategy, and the primary producers who are the lifeblood of the state’s economy cannot afford to see it put at risk.”
“The Minister Bryan Green must detail what he has been doing about identifying the cause of this outbreak, cleaning it up, what support he has been providing industry to improve biosecurity.”
“The Minister has had plenty of time to act on this threat, and he will need to be held to account if this latest outbreak is related to inadequate biosecurity measures.”
“Both the state and federal Ministers must do everything in their power to prevent any further outbreaks of viral gangioneuritis and restore confidence in domestic and overseas export markets.”
Download: Special Supplement, Government Gazette of the State of New South Wales, 1 December 2011: